Act now to protect your workplace from the flu by spreading flu prevention tips in your online induction!
It’s that time of the year again when the sound of sneezing, sniffling and coughing will become increasingly present as you work and thoughts turn to how to include flu prevention training in your online induction course.
At this time of year, your workers have a higher risk of contracting a cold or the flu. This will undoubtedly mean you will have more workers taking sick leave, which may interfere with deadlines and workplace productivity.
Have a look at some more facts regarding how the flu affects the workplace.
Did you know?
- Up to 1 in 5 Australians contract the flu each year
- Each year in Australia, the flu is responsible for 1.5 million lost work days
- The flu virus remains viable for up to 1-2 days in the workplace – longer if it is contained within mucus! (workers can also be contagious for 1-2 days before symptoms appear)
- Sick workers will have a reduced efficiency and greater risk of making errors – reaction times are reduced by 20-40%, effectively like working under the influence of alcohol!
Using online induction software to quickly and regularly educate staff and workers is a great way to spread information on cold and flu prevention.
Spread this top tips around the workplace using your online induction system instead of spreading the flu!
Top 7 Flu Prevention Tips (to include in your online induction course)
Keep sick staff away from work
The fastest way cold and flu viruses spread is through inhalation or surface/hand contact. Germs from a cough or sneeze containing cold and flu viruses can settle on surfaces up to 1 metre away. To avoid sick staff members infecting the rest of the workforce, send sick employees home immediately if they feel ill and request that they stay away from work until they are no longer contagious.
Many health professionals recommend a yearly flu shot as the single-best way to prevent the flu. Simply take a quick trip to see your local GP and you will have increased your chances of avoiding the flu by 90%
Avoid touching your face and shaking hands
Keep your distance. Many people are contagious for up to 1-2 days before they notice symptoms, so you could be passing on or receiving a virus without forewarning!
Use warm water and soap or an alcohol-based disinfectant for 15-20 seconds to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, before touching your face and after touching contaminated objects such as tissues or contaminated surface.
Cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve
Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze is important, but avoid contaminating your hands by coughing and sneezing into your upper sleeve/elbow instead. This will reduce transmission of germs from your hands to other surfaces.
Keep the workplace equipped with plenty of hand sanitizer, tissues, soap, paper towels and wipes. Also, place cold and flu signs and reminders strategically around the workplace to encourage good hygiene practises.
Live healthy = Stay healthy!
Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best defences against illness. Eat healthy foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of fluids. Get lots of fresh air. Don’t smoke and decrease alcohol consumption. Relax—stress can decrease immunity!
How will your workplace be affected by the flu this winter season?
Train your staff using an online induction software system and educate workers on how to avoid the flu.